Accelerating Open19 Adoption at the 2019 Summit

With the Year of Open19 Adoption in full swing, the second-annual Summit brought the Open19 community together to learn more about the technology and its benefits, celebrate our achievements, and look forward to the future of the data center and edge ecosystem.   

Nearly 300 people attended the event on May 16th in San Jose. We took a unique approach this year, holding the event at the iconic Club Auto Sport to drive home our themes of acceleration and speed. It was an inspiring day of community and togetherness, with representatives from a diverse companies converging around the widespread industry adoption for Open19 technology.  

Along with a full agenda of informative and engaging presentations and panel discussions, attendees also had the opportunity to get hands-on with Open19 technology at member company booths in the exhibition area. Many people also competed in the first-ever Fastest Installed Rack Row competition, with the winner taking home a great prize.        

Open19 Foundation President Yuval Bachar kicked off the event with a welcome presentation and Open19 update, where he told the crowd that the Open19 Foundation has shifted to “an extreme focus on the edge.” He also took the opportunity to announce the Open19 Certification Program, which is a first-in-industry cross-supplier, chassis-level certification of interoperability for Open19 technology-based products.

Next up, Vapor IO CMO and co-chair of the State of the Edge project Matt Trifiro, discussed the state of the edge and why Open19 is the best solution for edge infrastructure build-out.
Arpit Joshipura, GM Networking, Edge, & IoT at the Linux Foundation, took the stage next to talk about the new Linux Foundation Edge initiative.

Next was a one-two punch from Open19 Foundation founding member Flex. Raejeanne Skillern, President of Communications & Enterprise Compute, discussed cloud & data center trends in 2020, and VP Business Development for Cloud & Data Center Adam Tarnowski presented on Flex’s Open19 turnkey solutions for cloud.   

Other highlights of the morning included:

After lunch, Excelero Co-founder and CEO Lior Gal talked about how Excelero is conquering the last storage frontier with Open19 & NVMe. Next, Phillip Wong of Wiwynn explained how Wiwynn is bringing hyperscale performance to Open19.

For this year’s keynote presentation, attendees heard from an internet pioneer, computer scientist and the co-inventor of Domain Name System (DNS). Dr. Paul Mockapetris discussed scaling ecosystems and standards-based approaches and the history of DNS.

Two presentations from Open19 Foundation founding member Packet were up next. Packet “lab rats” Scott Burns, My Truong, and Carl Perry talked about hardware innovation with Open19. Next, Packet Senior Director of Product & Strategy Brian Karstetter took attendees through a day in the trenches of Open19 deployment in real time.

Other afternoon highlights included:

Closing out the day was the Open19 Adopter’s Corner panel discussion featuring Adam Tarnowski of Flex, Dolly Wu of Inspur, Nelson Wang, GM of Enterprise Solutions at ASUS, and moderated by Yuval Bachar.

“Deployments are actually happening, and that is great,” said Dolly Wu of Inspur. “What we need to do more is to promote Open19 adoption and have the Open19 community integrate more into the open hardware platform communities out there to promote open initiatives.”

Following the Summit, attendees reflected on a great event over drinks and hors d’oeuvres at the closing reception, sponsored by Packet. All in all, the 2019 Summit was a huge success, and we sincerely appreciate the support from our sponsors and the entire Open19 community.  We’ll see you at the 2020 Summit!